What is fibre-optic broadband?

The big question on everyone’s mind…what is fibre-optic broadband?

Well simply it’s a high speed form of internet connection.

Unlike the majority of broadband connections in the UK that uses telephone lines or mobile networks, the fibre-optic broadband is transferred along special optical fibre cables underground. Fibre-optic allows you to have a connection speed from 30Mbps and 300Mbps, or even 1Gbps, depending upon your area – but it does depends on what type of connection you have.

You could have:

  • FTTH (Fibre to the home) – This works with having cables running outside your house. This is the quickest form of service.
  • FTTB (Fibre to the building) – Fibre-optic cables run all the way to your premises.
  • FTTC (Fibre to the cabinet) – The cables run all the way to the cabinet which is connected to your home with copper wires – Most common connections!
  • FTTN (Fibre to the node) – This is the same as the above but it only has the street cabinet which can be further away, with the rest of the distance to your house being covered by regular copper wiring.

Having faster internet connection benefits because…

If you’re a user who mainly uses the internet to read emails, check Facebook or watch YouTube, you might not notice much of a difference. However if you use the internet for media, you’ll definitely notice the faster speeds. A faster connection means you can download movies, games and music faster, enjoy seamless streaming of HD films, and have a much better online gaming experience.

BT have their own fibre network along with broadband.  Most broadband providers — including TalkTalk, Sky and Plusnet — use BT’s fibre infrastructure, known as Openreach.

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